Thursday, May 5, 2011

What's in a Name?

I have been trying to make a foray into blogging for the past year, but one little detail has held me back: a name. Not any name, mind you, but the name--a name that perfectly encompasses what I hope to achieve through a blog. Well, after a year of using my search for a blog name as an excuse for not getting started sooner, I have decided to go with the first thing that popped into my head: "Excavating Truth."

Through this blog, I plan to use archaeology and historical criticism as tools to better understand the culture of first-century Roman Palestine. Please note that I use the phrase, "to better understand," for a reason. Our goal in this blog is neither ultimately to prove nor to disprove topics that we discuss. Our goal is to elucidate items of academic interest that pertain to the Christian tradition and the culture of first-century Roman Palestine.

I will also use this space to chronicle my time in Israel this summer (May 30-June 30) while working on an archaeological dig in the Galilee.

Feel free to comment, add insight, or even push back of what I write!